PHOENIX – Kenley Jansen will draw a higher salary this season than the player many consider to be the best in baseball.
The players’ salaries are a reflection of the service time the players have accrued. Jansen has more than two years of major league service time; Trout has a little more than one.
Players with fewer than three years of major league service time have no leverage when negotiating with their clubs and can be assigned a salary. When the Angels assigned Trout a $510,000 salary that was $20,000 more than the major league minimum, Trout’s agent complained, saying the deal “falls well short of a 'fair' contract.”
Players become eligible for salary arbitration after they have more than three years of service time.
Jansen is one of several Dodgers with less than three years of service time who have signed. Others include Luis Cruz ($505,000), Scott Elbert ($505,000), Dee Gordon ($501,000), Javy Guerra ($501,000), Tim Federowicz ($491,000) and Alex Castellanos ($490,500).
These players would draw smaller salaries if they are sent to the minors.